Langer praises team after Warriors go top, but no Shield return for Brad Hogg

Western Warriors coach Justin Langer has praised the fight of his team but ruled out a return to Shield action of veteran Brad Hogg after Tuesday’s eight-wicket win over South Australia.

Western Warriors are back in top spot on the Bupa Sheffield Shield table and Langer is pleased with his team’s attitude.

“We needed to fight back from the last game against Victoria,” Langer said. “We still weren’t perfect.

“We had probably two or three very poor sessions.

“We can keep getting better, but it’s nice to get the points on the board.”

There has been a lot of talk about a return of Hogg to Shield cricket after his success in the Big Bash League, but Langer has been quick to squash the rumours.

I spoke to Hoggy about it on the back of his unbelievable BBL form,” Langer admitted. “He got eight wickets for Willetton on Saturday and we talk about rewarding performance.

“Hoggy and I go back a long way and we had an honest conversation,” he continued. “He just felt at his age, he can get through 20-over cricket but not four-day cricket.

“It would’ve been another fairy tale story for Hoggy, but it’s not going to happen.”

The only concern for Langer as the Warriors chase an unprecedented three domestic titles is in the bowling department.

“We’re going to be really challenged,” Langer confessed. “Our biggest challenge for us to make the Shield final is how we manage our bowling depth.

“Ryan Duffield is having surgery on his left thumb today, so he’s out (for the season), Jason Behrendorff is out for the season and Joel Paris is out for the season.

“It takes away a bit of variety. Where we thought we had three (left-arm) fast bowlers, now we’ve got none.

“That’s the nature of the business we’re in. We’re going to have to manage our fast bowlers.”

The Warriors are next in action in the reverse fixture against South Australia at Gliderol Stadium in Adelaide, starting on Monday.

James Buttler

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